Hands on with Apple’s first public beta of macOS 10.15 Catalina

Daniel Eran Dilger for AppleInsider:

Apple’s macOS Catalina is another ambitious refinement of the Mac featuring a fundamental rethinking of iTunes and an infusion of fresh ideas from iOS: from Sidecar to Continuity Sketch to Screen Time, a whole new world of Catalyst apps from iPad, and many more features under the hood. But note: Catalina is still in beta!

Just over two weeks after first showing off the new macOS Catalina 10.14 at its Worldwide Developer Conference in the first week of June, Apple has released its first Public Beta for intrepid explorers. If you’re taking notes, that’s a couple of days earlier than last year’s debut of the Mojave public beta.

Apple’s platform development speed continues to gain momentum. The pace and direction of the Mac has come a long way since the “Big Cat” OS X era of the 2000s, where a new OS version was only released about every two years and actually cost money to buy—initially a $129 upgrade for Mac users. Catalina is not only free but chuck full of practical new advancements.

MacDailyNews Take: This is a very comprehensive hands-on article, with many macOS Catalina public beta screenshots and insights – highly recommended!


  1. I’m hoping Apple will do a good job with it. I’m quite anxious to get my hands on the finished product. I’d love to run iOS apps on the desktop.

  2. Its a wonder why a company with the war chest Apple has cannot simply do the SDLC process to the fullest extent. To expect the “beta” crowd to uncover bugs is haphazard at best. As Steve Jobs would ask “What is it supposed to do?”, then comeback with “Why the F doesn’t it do that?”. Apple, try harder.

    1. Why would you have a problem with them having more beta testers than any company could rationally hire? This comes closer to real-world testing than what can be done in-house. I for one thing it’s a good idea, as well as practical and rational.

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